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Examples of extricate in a sentence
Several survivors were extricated from the wreckage.
They extricated the tractor from the mud.
She hasn't been able to extricate herself from her legal problems.
Did You Know?
It can take an ample amount of dexterity - manual, verbal, or mental - to free yourself from a tangled situation. This can be seen in extricate, a word derived from Latin extricatus, which combines the prefix ex- ("out of") with the noun tricae, meaning "trifles or perplexities." (The resemblance of tricae to our word trick is no illusion; it’s an ancestor.) While a number of words (such as "disentangle") share with extricate the meaning of "to free from difficulty," extricate suggests the act of doing so with care and ingenuity, as in "Through months of careful budgeting, he was able to extricate himself from his financial burdens."
Origin and Etymology of extricate
Latin extricatus, past participle of extricare, from ex- + tricae trifles, perplexities
First Known Use: 1601
Synonym Discussion of extricate
EXTRICATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extricate for English Language Learners
: to free or remove (someone or something) from something (such as a trap or a difficult situation)
EXTRICATE Defined for Kids
Definition of extricate for Students
: to free from a trap or difficulty
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